The Mayor of Pierrefonds-Roxboro invites residents to sign the solidarity book as part of the day of commemoration and action against islamophobia and all forms of discrimination
29 janvier 2019
Pierrefonds-Roxboro, January 29, 2019 – To commemorate the second anniversary of the attack at the Grand Mosque of Quebec City on January 29, 2017, and in the spirit of living together, the Mayor of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Dimitrios (Jim) Beis, invites all residents to the Borough Council chamber between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. to sign the solidarity book to show their support.
This event is a follow-up to the mayor's commitment, with the support of his Borough Council, to mark annually the "Day of Remembrance and Action Against Islamophobia and All Forms of Discrimination", in order not only to perpetuate the memory of the 6 Canadian-Muslim victims of the January 29, 2017 attack, but also to raise public awareness about the need to respect differences.
"We cannot ignore the latest reports from Statistics Canada showing the significant increase in hate crimes across the country, targeting different minorities. Today, we stand together to denounce violence motivated by hatred and fear of the other," said Mr. Beis.
"I have the honour to have among us citizens of all backgrounds and beliefs, both representatives of different religious communities and local organizations fighting against different forms of discrimination (on the basis of religion, gender, race, sexual orientation, and disability). We even have members of "PolySeSouvient", says Mr. Beis.
As a partner of the Muslim Awareness Week, the Borough also invites the public to take part in the various events that will take place locally until January 31, 2019. As part of this awareness week, citizens, community centres, churches, mosques, synagogues and various organizations gathered to promote and encourage this collective sense of cohesion.
"Here in Pierrefonds-Roxboro, we are committed to respecting differences and continually organize events to raise awareness and prevent discrimination and violence. Last summer, we held the Mayor's March to Condemn Violence Against Women. It is through initiatives of this type that we will succeed together in eliminating hate crimes and maintaining the peace and harmony that prevails in our Borough," concluded the Mayor.